Parents' Guide to


By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Social networker connects with strangers, bots, websites.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 69 parent reviews

age 18+

Was good, now Horrible

At first it was a good app, but then they started having full page game ads come on and you couldn't get to your messages until they were finished and you got an X to delete. Not just games, but sexual ads too. If they had the little ads across the top or bottom it wouldn't be so inconvenient but the way it is: I get a text that may be important and I can't get to it because of the pop up crap

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much consumerism
2 people found this helpful.
age 18+

Kik is dangerous for teens

I'm a licensed mental health professional and I have seen first hand the damage that this app and others like it are causing our children. There is no way that this app is safe for teens, yet this app is still rated as a 3 star 17+ app. It used to be a 13+ app. Even Common Sense Media says: Kik is a Social networker that connects with strangers, bots, websites. Those strangers are the ones that are hurting children, grooming them, and causing them to do things they would never otherwise do. I know that teens will object to what I'm saying. That's what teens do. But if your a parent of a teen like me, take it from a professional trauma counselor, this app is scary and bad in the darkest corners of their servers. Kids have access to everything. And adults have access to kids. It's time we change the laws to hold these companies accountable. Please join me in helping make a change: Scott Ginther MS LCPC Executive Director, Kansas City Trauma Response Network

This title has:

Too much sex
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (69):
Kids say (91):

In the plus column, there are no message limits, character limits, or fees, and you can send other users lots of content, but it's too easy for teens to connect with strangers. The search function helps you find like-minded Kik users and join their special interest (art, music, cosplay, etc.) groups. You can also start your own. However, Kik has no age verification and no teen safeguards, and it's too easy for kids to talk to strangers of all ages in public groups. The "Kik Code" feature makes for instant profile swap with other users and is used to connect you with commercial products. A "discover more web pages" function sends users outside the app toward (presumably) partner sites, and a "discover bots" function sets you socializing with branded AI bots. All told, despite its fun features, it's a risky choice for teens.

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